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Summary

  1. Dorrans strike adds to Pena header and shot
  2. Anderson sent off for two bookings
  3. Kenny Miller not in Rangers squad - injured
  4. Rangers move three points off St Johnstone

Live Reporting

By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

Thanks for your time

FT St Johnstone 0-3 Rangers

Well done to Rangers for the away win and for withstanding a load of St Johnstone pressure. Carlos Pena will be a happy man this evening. For Saints, that was a much better performance than the one against Aberdeen. They will hope to be much more clinical with their set pieces in future. Highlights of tonight's game will be online at midnight. I hope you can join us tomorrow when there are five Premiership matches kicking off at 15:00. All the best.

How it stands

FT St Johnstone 0-3 Rangers

Premiership table
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'It's not a 3-0'

FT St Johnstone 0-3 Rangers

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "It's not a 3-0. I thought we were very good. We got in to really good positions, got in behind them but our final ball let us down all night. We must have been into double digits in corners. We lacked that bit of quality in the final third. For 70 minutes I thought we slightly edged the game overall but the sending-off kills us, really. Good players in space create more opportunities and 3-0 flatters them a little bit. It's a sending-off by the letter of the law. I think the referee is saying it was aggressive behaviour [for Steven Anderson's first booking]. For the second one, it's probably the right decision but the first one surely can't be a yellow card or we'll be dishing them left, right and centre now. Overall I was happy with the performance."

Caixinha heads to the sun with a smile

FT St Johnstone 0-3 Rangers

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha tells BT Sport: "I think it was more organised. We tried to get to the basics. I am very happy about winning but also with the clean sheet. The boys are getting along. Hard work is the process. Totally agree (that it was Carlos Pena's best game for Rangers). It is not easy to come from a different country, different football. I saw for the first time some very good discussions on the pitch. We need to keep looking forward. Now we have three days off. I am going to Portugal for some vitamin D!"

FT St Johnstone 0-3 Rangers

Match stats
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Was it 16 corners or 17? In any case, the stats show that St Johnstone had many chances to threaten the visitors' goal from set pieces.

Pena's best game for Rangers?

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Carlos Pena heads in his team's second goal
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Carlos Pena heads in his team's second goal
Now it's time to celebrate
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Now it's time to celebrate

Imposing Alves

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Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

I thought Bruno Alves was magnificent. He is an imposing figure. St Johnstone never really looked like breaking Rangers down. It was an impressive performance by Rangers. They never looked like giving anything away tonight.

'Credit to Caixinha for Gers defence'

FT St Johnstone 0-3 Rangers

Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

St Johnstone came out for the second half with a real intensity but Rangers grew in confidence and they rode out that five-continuous-corner scenario. They deserve enormous credit for the way they defended tonight. It has been something that Pedro Caixinha has mentioned he wanted to improve. Credit where it is due - if he has been working on it, which he says he has during the international break, then they did defend well. Graham Dorrans was a stand-out. His quality on the ball is superb, his composure, he's a goal threat. His contribution has been magnificent since he joined.

FULL-TIME

St Johnstone 0-3 Rangers

There we have it. An impressive performance by Rangers; St Johnstone were a shadow of themselves once Steven Anderson was sent off.

ADDED TIME

St Johnstone 0-3 Rangers

Two minutes of injury time...

St Johnstone 0-3 Rangers

Alfredo Morelos comes off, Eduardo Herrera comes on. David Wotherspoon swings in yet another corner - his team's 17th! - Rangers head it clear (I should have that as a pre-set on my keyboard).

GOAL St Johnstone 0-3 Rangers

Graham Dorrans

It's all happening! Carlos Pena is subbed and given a big hug by his manager, Pedro Caixinha. Defender Ross McCrorie comes on for a few minutes' action. Soon after, Rangers win possession in midfield, then Alfredo Morelos is brought down on the edge of the box but the referee waves play on as the men in black have the advantage. Indeed, they do, as Graham Dorrans gallops into the Saints box to side-foot into the net Jason Holt's inviting assist. A peach of a move.

HITS THE WOODWORK

St Johnstone 0-2 Rangers

Graham Dorrans thunders a shot off the St Johnstone crossbar from 20 yards, Alfredo Morelos setting up the midfielder. Good work from Declan John on the left prior to that.

This is what 'hopping mad' looks like

St Johnstone 0-2 Rangers

Pedro Caixinha hasn't looked best pleased at times during the match
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Pedro Caixinha hasn't looked best pleased at times during the match

St Johnstone 0-2 Rangers

Jane Lewis

BBC Sport Scotland at McDiarmid Park

Wonderful ball in again from Tavernier to find the head of Pena. His manager Pedro Caixinha, who hasn't left his technical area all night, is happy with the goal but still having words with the fourth official. Not sure he's happy with some of the ref's decisions.

GOAL St Johnstone 0-2 Rangers

Carlos Pena

James Tavernier sends into the box the sort of cross that strikers dream about and that makes defenders soak their bed sheets with sweat. Carlos Pena, looking sharper than at the start of the season, again finds space in the box and heads past Alan Mannus.

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Steven MacLean pings a beauty of a cross from the left for Craig Thomson who rather meekly side-foots the ball at the Gers goal, where Wes Foderingham gathers.

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

St Johnstone have 15 minutes to find an equaliser with only 10 men. Will Rangers look for a second or just shut up shop?

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Prior to that red card, Tommy Wright sent on Paul Paton for St Johnstone's midfield maestro Chris Millar.

Chris Millar shields the ball from Carlos Pena
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Chris Millar shields the ball from Carlos Pena

RED CARD

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Steven Anderson, the Saints captain, heads off for an early bath after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Alfredo Morelos - pulling the Gers striker's jersey as he raced away from him.

Ouch!

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Headline for tomorrow should the score stay the same, folks?

"Saints Pena-lised by Rangers". I'm here all week. Groan.

Five corners in a row

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

In the name of the wee man! Saint Johnstone win their fourth and fifth corners, each from the previous corner kick! David Wotherspoon and Stefan Scougall must be experiencing a feeling of deja-vu. Anyway, Rangers are defending stoutly as the Saints press and press and press for the leveller.

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Three corners in quick succession for St Johnstone, from the left, right and back to the left again. The second was delivered by Stefan Scougall and was headed a yard or so wide of Wes Foderingham's goal.

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

St Johnstone midfielder Chris Millar swings in a nice free-kick from the right but Bruno Alves rises to head clear. The hosts keep up the pressure with set-pieces but they are finding the visitors hard to break down.

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Two chances for Rangers. Carlos Pena shoots just wide of the target and his team-mate Alfredo Morelos, a minute later, hits one on to the roof of the Saints net. Saints alive, but only just.

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Hmmm. Wes Foderingham, like a firework through the autumn night sky, leaps in his bright orange strip, confident of catching the high ball into the Rangers box. Ah, but who's this also going for the ball? It's Graham Cummins, the Saints striker, and the Gers goalie loses out at first before chasing the ball and smothering it on the goalline, eight yards from the target.

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Alan Mannus comes off his line to thwart Alfredo Morelos, who really ought to have slipped the ball either side of the Saints goalie. The home defence seemed to freeze, assuming the referee would whistle for offside against Carlos Pena. The Mexican Pena most certainly was offside, but he didn't touch the ball and was running away from goal. Morelos? He seemed to be caught in two minds.

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso is all over Saints striker Graham Cummins like a cheap suit and concedes a free-kick.

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

It's St Johnstone who start the stronger. David Wotherspoon takes a short free-kick to Stefan Scougall out on the left, deep in the Rangers half. The ball finds its way to the edge of the six-yard box where Steven MacLean hooks the ball over his head towards Graham Cummins but Rangers clear it.

KICK-OFF

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

We are under way once more.

HT St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

St Johnstone have created opportunities. Now they are a goal behind they will have to be more adventurous.

Jambos suffer online fraud

HT St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Following the story about Hamilton losing about £750,000 through fraud, Hearts have announced that they too have been stung.

"Heart of Midlothian can confirm it was the subject of an internet fraud earlier this year," reads a statement on the Jambos' official website.

"The matter is now part of an active police investigation and therefore no further comment will be made."

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Bruno Alves is caught by a late tackle by Steven MacLean
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Rangers defender Bruno Alves is caught with a late tackle by Steven MacLean

Scougall - the man with 'goal' in his name

HT St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

A stand-out player has been Stefan Scougall on the right-hand side for St Johnstone. He has been a thorn in the side to Rangers. As the match wore on Graham Dorrans started to dictate things in the middle of the park. His passing is absolutely superb.

HT St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

St Johnstone have finished the half well. I thought they had lost control of it. Rangers have been well on top but finishing the first half on a positive note will give Tommy Wright something to work on at half-time.

HALF-TIME

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Steven Anderson heads Stefan Scougall's in-swinging corner towards the six-yard box and from a tight angle Graham Cummins hooks a shot at the Rangers goal, which is well guarded by Wes Foderingham.

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Carlos Pena puts Rangers in front after 27 minutes
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Carlos Pena puts Rangers in front after 27 minutes

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

The ball comes too quickly to Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos after a silly bit of defending - attempting to head the ball when it is six inches off the ground - by Joe Shaughnessy. The Colombian had no real chance to head the ball at goal.

St Johnstone 0-1 Rangers

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

There are big gaps down that left-hand side [of Rangers' defence]. I think Declan John is good at going forward but not so good defending.